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Uganda Cranes left-sided defender Godfrey Walusimbi is enjoying his life at Gor Mahia as he looks forward to the start of the 2014 Kenyan Premier League season.
The pint-sized player has already impressed the Gor Mahia following with his mode of play in the three friendly matches that he has played.
He says the move to Gor Mahia early this month was good one and he hopes to win trophies with the KPL defending champions.
“It is a big move for me. They just won the Premier League and have a very good coach and some top players, so I am happy to be here,” added Walusimbi
“When Bobby (Williamson-the Gor Mahia head coach), sought me to join the club, I did not think twice. He is a great coach and we have worked well with him during the time he was coach of Uganda Cranes,” said Walusimbi.
“He is a great coach and with him I believe he will help me be further my career. Gor Mahia is a big club, they are the defending champions and I am looking forward to playing in the KPL and also in the continental matches,” he added.
The former SC Villa defender signed a two-year deal at the club to join other Ugandan players Israel Emuge and Daniel Sserunkuma. There is also midfielder Geoffrey “Baba” Kizito who signed in with Walusimbi.
Walusimbi, had returned to SC Villa late last year after disagreeing with DR Congo club Don Bosco over contractual issues.
“I have settled well at Gor Mahia. My club mates have really welcomed me well and I am feeling at home. My countrymen are also here so I am missing nothing,” he said.
Walusimbi has already played in three friendlies matches against Supa Loaf, Nakumatt and Mumbi FC. But he says he cannot wait for the league to begin.
“The Kenyan Premier League is one of the best in the region. Some of the best players in the region are playing here and the matches are also aired live on SuperSport making it more marketable.”
“I am looking forward to playing against the big teams of Kenyan football. I am impressed with the passion here,” he said.
Walusimbi fills in the left back position that has been a weak link in the Gor Mahia squad.
It means coach Bobby Williamson will move last season’s KPL defender of the Year David Owino to his preferred central defence role alongside another Ugandan Israel Emuge.
Gor plays US Bitam of Gabon in the preliminary round of the Africa Champions League in a fortnight and they start the defence of the league title with a tie against City Stars.
Jerim Looking forward to exciting season
Skipper Jerim Onyango is confident that K’Ogalo will have a good season in 2014 despite the fact that they have a busy and tough calendar.
Jerry, who led Gor Mahia to their 13th premiership title last season after an 18-year wait, remains confident that the champions have done a lot in pre-season and are ready to face the season with particular interest being doing well in Caf Champions League.
“We are very ambitious going into the Champions League and are all working hard to reach the group stages. It will be a huge achievement for us and I am hopeful we can do it. The players are ready and everyone is focusing on that,” Onyango told Goal.
“We have gelled so well with the new players and one would think we have been playing together for long. But there is still much to do in the few days remaining before we start the season. We now have a lot of depth and this will spur competition for places which is something good for the team.”
Sserunkuma Happy to play with Blackberry
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Dan Sserunkuma is happy to have Rama Salim and George Blackberry Odhiambo at the club.
The two have arrived back at the club in the current off-season and have made a striking impact at the club already, playing a good part in pre-season matches for the KPL champions.
Sserunkuma is happy to have the two at the club, saying they are a better outfit with the live-wire pair on board.
– I am happy to have the two players at the club. They are both very talented and they will offer us a better chance of performing well this season if they are at the club, he said.